To hear it from abortion advocates you would think women are ubiquitously pro-abortion. However new Gallup polling data indicates women really don’t have any different attitude about abortion than men.
“Many U.S. political leaders may think of abortion as a key “women’s issue,” but it is not an issue about which women have substantially different attitudes than men. A Gallup analysis shows that differences in views on the legality of abortion between men and women have been relatively narrow for decades, going back to the 1970s. Additionally, there are only slight differences in men’s and women’s descriptions of themselves as pro-choice or pro-life,” Gallup explains.
“Gallup’s 2010 comprehensive analysis of gender differences in views of abortion concluded, “Over the past three decades, men and women have consistently held similar views about the extent to which abortion should be legal.” The current update, adding in data for the years 2010-2018, shows a continuation of this same general pattern,” it continues. “There are significant gender gaps on a number of political and social issues in American society today, including political party identification, presidential job approval, views of the death penalty, and views of the moral acceptability of pornography, stem cell research, marijuana and cloning animals — but abortion is not one of these issues.”
And as the Gallup polling institute clearly found, a majority of Americans including both women and men oppose all or almost all abortions. In fact the new Gallup polling data finds that less than one-third of women support the abortion position of Planned Parenthood — which is favoring legal abortion under all circumstances. Just 31% agree with America’s abortion business.
In the past, the Gallup survey has found that roughly half or just over half of Americans oppose all or almost all abortions. The newest polling data is no different.
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“In a follow-up question asked of those in the middle “legal under certain circumstances” group, most of these respondents say it should be legal “only in a few” rather than in “most” circumstances,” the polling institute reported. “The result is that 43% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all (29%) or most (14%) circumstances, while a majority of 53% say it should be legal in only a few (35%) or no circumstances (18%). No fewer than 51% of Americans have favored more restrictive abortion laws since 1994, when Gallup first asked the follow-up probe of those saying abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.”
Americans also believe abortions are morally wrong — another consistently held view over the years.
So when Planned Parenthood or any other abortion Advocates claim to speak for women the answer is clearly no. Planned Parenthood doesn’t speak for women because less than one-third of American women actually agree with its position for unrestricted abortion in any circumstance up to birth.